YFCU encourages safety on the roads

Members of the NIFRS pictures with Roberta Simmons, YFCU president, Harry Crosby, YFCU vice president and John Henning, head of agricultural relations, Danske Bank
Members of the NIFRS pictures with Roberta Simmons, YFCU president, Harry Crosby, YFCU vice president and John Henning, head of agricultural relations, Danske Bank

The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) in association with Danske Bank recently held the YFCU Road Safety Event, and in doing so is reminding members and their families to take care on the roads especially over the festive season.

Since the launch of its road safety campaign in 2010, YFCU has encouraged members to be aware of risks such as icy roads, dark evenings, high speeds and drink driving.

YFCU members experience being rescued from a crash

YFCU members experience being rescued from a crash

With many rural communities having been left devastated by the loss of young lives on the roads, it is hoped this will remind members to be more cautious and ultimately reduce the number of potential accidents taking place.

The evening involved a PSNI talk by Constable John Wilson covering the dangers surrounding drink and drug driving, speeding and mobile phone use. The talk highlighted the consequences of acting carelessly on the road and showed how easy it is for an accident to take place.

An RTC rescue demonstration by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) followed. YFCU members were shown the equipment used by the NIFRS during a rescue before members were able to sit in a prop car and experience being cut out, addressing how serious road accidents can be.

The YFCU is encouraging all counties to participate in the DOE ‘Share the road to zero’ campaign and is making training packs available so that road safety information will be passed on to all members.

The NIFRS demonstrate the seriousness of car crashes to YFCU members

The NIFRS demonstrate the seriousness of car crashes to YFCU members

Vice president, Harry Crosby said: “The rural road safety campaign is something that is very important to us at YFCU and I would encourage everyone to become involved in these events in order to raise awareness of the issues facing road users, and to help reduce the number of casualties and serious injuries.”

For further information on the events and future events please contact YFCU HQ on 90 37 07 13 or email heather.stewart@yfcu.org.

YFCU vice president Harry Crosby and Constable John Wilson

YFCU vice president Harry Crosby and Constable John Wilson